CELIA CRUZ | The Queen of Salsa is Celebrated with a Museum Exhibit, Gala, Music, Movies & More at the 8th annual Celebrate ORGULLO Festival, Oct 1-15, 2018 in South Florida by Herb Sosa
UC|CU’s Celebrate ORGULLO 2018 – South Florida’s first Hispanic LGBT Pride festival - enters its 8th successful year with an International Artists Showcase, ArtDiva Bus Tours, Music, Human Rights Conference, Costume Exhibit, Movie night, the Night of a Thousand Celia’s GALA, and much more… all Celebrating CELIA CRUZ | Oct. 1-15, 2018
Celebrate ORGULLO continues to showcase quality events, artists, performances & programming to Miami’s first Hispanic LGBT Pride festival. For 2018, we are honoring the life the Queen of Salsa – CELIA CRUZ, through Art, Music, Dance, Photography, Film and Spoken Word.
Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003), better known as Celia Cruz, was a Cuban singer of Latin music. She was known for her powerful voice and her rhythm-centric musical style. She was the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, gaining twenty-three gold albums during her career. She was renowned internationally as the "Queen of Salsa", "La Guarachera de Cuba", as well as The Queen of Latin Music. She was an ambassador for the variety and vitality of the music of her native Havana, and after the Cuban revolution she became a symbol of artistic freedom for Cuban American exiles.
Celebrate ORGULLO 2018 | El primer y único festival hispano LGBT Pride del sur de la Florida, entra en su octavo año exitoso, con una muestra internacional de artistas, Viajes en omnibus a estudios de artistas, exposición de trajes, musica y baile... Todo celebrando a CELIA CRUZ a través del Arte, Música, Danza, Fotografía, el Cine y la Palabra Hablada.
“This is the first time the public will be able to see all of Celia’s things in one place,” says Omer Pardillo-Cid, the executor of The Celia Cruz Estate. A previous large-scale Cruz exhibit was curated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with Pardillo’s participation.
Largest Celia Cruz Exhibition Set for Miami Run in October (excerpts from billboard.com)
“Forever CELIA” will encompass six decades of the Cuban musical icon’s life, featuring previously un-seen artefacts from her life and career. “Forever CELIA,” a new exhibition about Celia Cruz, is set to open at Miami’s American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora in October.
When Cruz passed away in 2003, Pardillo, who became Cruz’s manager when he was in his 20s, took custody of her 200-plus dresses and her shoes and wigs, dozens of awards, photos going back to her childhood in Cuba, and personal items including her first passport and the plane ticket that took her to Kinshasa, in what was then Zaire, to perform with the Fania All Stars in 1974. The collection also, of course, includes copies of the albums she recorded throughout her career, as well as personal mementos she amassed on her world travels.
The show is set to open Oct. 18 to the general public at the recently-opened Miami museum, known as The Cuban, which is dedicated to documenting the culture of Cuban exile. “Forever Celia” will be the museum’s first major exhibition.
The installation will cover six decades of Cruz’s career, from her early days with the Sonora Matancera in Cuba to her later years as theworld’s unchallenged Salsa Queen. In addition to never-before-seen costumes and a celebration of her music through the years, a section of the exhibition will recreate her 1990 visit to Guantánamo Bay, where she performed at the U.S. Naval Base. It was the only time she returned to Cuba after going into exile in 1960.
Complementing the celebration of Celia in Miami, “Celia,” a new Celia Cruz musical starring the Cuban singer Lucrecia, directed by Gonzalo Rodriguez and produced by Pardillo, will be performed at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center on Nov. 16 and 17.
Pardillo notes that the timing of both the exhibition and the musical honor the music icon in the year of the 15th anniversary of her death.